A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil--then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his butler that they're broke, he marries the beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find that his muse has abandoned him. Distraught and contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally conjures the Devil -- the polite "Gentleman" of the title -- who appears at one of the society parties Savage abhors. The two hit it off: the Devil talks about his home, where he employs Dante as a gardener; Savage lends him a volume of Tennyson. But when the party's over and Vivien has disappeared, the poet concludes in horror that he must have inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord. Newly in love with Vivien, Savage plans a rescue mission to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; Will Kensington, inventor of a flying machine; and Savage's spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from boarding school for a "dalliance." Throughout, his cousin's quibbling footnotes to the text push the story into comedy nirvana. Lionel and his friends encounter trapdoors, duels, anarchist-fearing bobbies, the social pressure of not knowing enough about art history, and the poisonous wit of his poetical archenemy. Fresh, action-packed and very, very funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Hergé's beautifully detailed Tintin adventures. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Jeffrey A. Wertz
Publisher: Jeffrey A. Wertz
Release Date: 2017-05-31
Genre: Family & Relationships
Just a few years ago, you could see men being chivalrous to women everywhere you turned. It could be something as simple as helping her put on her coat or pulling out her chair, but it was normal and accepted behavior. Men went out of their way to have good manners, show proper etiquette, and be polite to women. Times have changed, and now these attentive acts are few and far between. It is uncommon to see a man treating a woman with the same etiquette as in the past. Why the drastic change? What can we do to bring back The Gentleman?
A New York Times bestseller "The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles' debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow]" - Entertainment Weekly "Elegant... as lavishly filigreed as a Fabergé egg" - O, the Oprah Magazine He can't leave his hotel. You won't want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel "Towles's greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia." -The New York Times Book Review In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. "And the intrigue! ... [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery... a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama." - The San Francisco Chronicle
The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness is the definitive guide to being the consummate gentleman. Cecil B. Hartley's classic book has never been out of print and is a must-read for any man.
Author: Jojo T. Williams
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release Date: 2015-09-15
Has the way of being a gentleman been lost? Morals, standards, and values still do exist—but the question is, does everyone follow them? It is up to us to make sure that these ways are not forgotten. Create your own system to express what being a gentleman means to you. Discover what it means to be treated with respect and how to treat others as well. These are some principles that I have shared to get everyone thinking about the importance of morals, values, principles, and standards. Perhaps the more important topic is how are we gentlemen are supposed to treat women. That is something that seems to be forgotten as well. There are several ways to approach these topics and more. These guidelines should help find your inner gentleman and discover what works for you. At the end of the day, the world can’t stay the way it is. We must do something to improve it as a whole. The choice is yours—why not do something to improve yourself and the world? This book will help point you in the right direction; it is up to you to read more and learn more. Never stop growing smarter and always continue to learn more. Discover your gentleman’s system!